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A couple of months ago there was a bit of a kerfuffle (to put in mildly) in the publishing world when Amazon announced a change in their “buy box” policy when it came to books. That magical little box that looks a lot like this…
Previously, the buy box for books was always Amazon (see above) which meant that when someone bought a book it was (a) brand new and (b) the publisher (and by default the author) were paid for it. Recently, Amazon changed their policy to allow other third party sellers to “bid” for the buy box and sell “as new” copies of books as if they are new “new”.
So now, we have a buy box that can now look a little something like this…
The impact is huge because, honestly, who really looks at who the vendor is in the buy box? Most people just assume…
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Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.
Courtesy ofAdirondack Editing
Using Beta Readers
A Beta Reader is a person who reads your finished novel and gives you feedback on it before publication—while you still have time to make changes. The term “beta reader” has been adapted from the software industry, where programmers release a beta version of a new program to people who will test it. So think of this as someone “test driving” your book!
Having beta readers is an excellent step in writing your novel, as a good beta reader can vastly improve your book. They serve as a second pair of eyes, ensuring that what you’ve intended to write is really what you have written. A beta reader will read your entire manuscript and develop a personal response…
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What’s in a name? Everything. As someone who has gone through the entire official argy-bargy to get my name legally changed, I appreciate the power behind the monikers we bear. Sally Cronin obviously shares this sensibility because this short story collection focuses on the unique power our names have to shape our lives.
Sometimes even a small change can be significant, as the first story, titled “Anne,” demonstrates so well. Just a small shift–to Annie–had great meaning to the woman who bore it. It shaped her entire sense of self, and went on to have meaning in her extended family as well.
Each tale has a given name as a significant factor. The names we bear become the basis of our own stories, as well as the foundation for the tales in this book.
Besides “Anne,” my favorites were “Celia,” “David,” and “George.” But give this book a read, and…
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A True Love Story Told Through Real Letters
Sometimes real life is so much better than fiction.
When my dad was a soldier training and then fighting overseas in the Korean War, he wrote a bunch of AMAZING love letters to my mom.
They are SO awesome, I decided to turn them into a book and publish them for everyone to read and enjoy.
These letters are filled with the raw emotions of a soldier who was truly, madly, deeply in love with a beautiful girl.
They’ll make you believe true love really does exist.
Right now the ebook is on sale for only .99cents
They’re the perfect summer read
So put on some mood music, pour yourself a tall drink, and then slip into the mind, heart, and soul of an American soldier.
It only takes a minute, not even a minute in some cases!
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Your favorite indie authors will be like:
The one or two star review. It strikes fear into the heart of every author. There are reams of articles about how to handle bad reviews everywhere. And most of them give the same advice.
Ignore them, they say. Scroll right on past. Don’t take it to heart. All authors get bad reviews. Not everyone will like your book. Maybe the reviewer had an ulterior motive. Forget about it. Move on. Keep your head up.
Well, yes. To all of these. But also, no…
Writing is hard. I know that, I’m an author. You invest huge amounts of time and effort into your writing. It can be a pain. And it’s terrifying having your work out there, where it can be picked apart. Wouldn’t it be lovely if everyone could bear all that in mind when they write a review of your book?
But why should they? No one has…
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